Grilled Radicchio with Crispy Beef Bacon and Parm

Hey Guys, Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend whether you celebrated Canada Day or July 4th, I mean really, they both involve good food, good drinks and good times with people you love!

I really wish I had a long weekend to enjoy, but #cheflife doesn’t always accommodate long weekends. I was hustling along with our brunch service as we were epically short staffed; however my crew killed it as always.

Sundays on the other hand, I’m off work and can enjoy some time outside in my garden with a cider in hand (summer tradition), BBQ and make food I don’t get make on a day to day.

I’ve been pretty lucky with the garden this year, I have never planted one but I’ve always been around them through my family. I wanted to grow a good amount of veggies that I could use over the season, into the fall and preserve for winter.

 

So far the only thing I’ve messed up is my cilantro, which is really embarrassing because herbs are the easiest thing to PLANT! I also didn’t plant my beets deep enough so I had to pull them earlier then normal but non the less, they turned out and I have some amazing beet greens to juice.

There is something very nostalgic about being in a garden and utilizing what is pulled right from your back yard. I grew up with 2 sets of grandparents who lived for their gardens, and never let any item go to waste. So much pride and love when into what they planted, which I believe, is what makes home grown food taste and feel that much better.

For my recipe today, I’m using some radicchio I pulled out of the garden. One plant was ready, so I figured why not use it!

My favorite way to eat radicchio is grilled; there is something about grilling leafy vegetables that I love. I really enjoy the combination of smokey + fresh flavours coming together. Other then radicchio, I dig romaine, bok choy and endive grilled as well. They add a smokey twist to a salad, vegetable platter or power bowl!

Another reason radicchio has its place in my diet is for it’s nutritional profile regarding your digestion and liver.

Liver Health: Being a bitter leafy vegetable that’s mild in spice, it helps stimulate the production and excretion of bile, which plays such an important role in digesting fat and pulling excess cholesterol and toxins from the body. I believe in doing one thing every day that helps support your liver and eating bitter greens/vegetables is one of the easiest ways.

Digestive Support: The inulin and polysaccharides in radicchio help encourage the growth of beneficial gut bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, which keeps both our immune and digestive system running properly. With it’s high fiber content, it ensure proper colon cleansing and removing harmful bacteria (anti-microbial properties).

I understand that bitter vegetables are not something everyone enjoys, but what it comes down to is finding a way to prepare them that allows you to enjoy every bite!

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The recipe below is simple enough to make any night of the week and it’s jazzed up with a little extra flare!

Grilled Radicchio with Crispy Beef Bacon and Parmesan
Yields: 4 side servings
{Paleo, Gluten Free}

INGREDIENTS

1 head radicchio, cut in quarters
Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper
3 slices of beef bacon, or traditional bacon
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Parmesan, grated
Small bunch of basil, I used micro basil

METHOD

  1. Heat your grill to medium and drizzle your radicchio quarters with olive oil. Just enough to lightly coat them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the radicchio quarters on the heated grill, grill on each side for 2-3 minutes until lightly grilled. You want the radicchio to still hold its shape and not completely wilt away.
  3. In the mean time, place your bacon on the grill also. If you haven’t had bacon on the BBQ you are clearly missing out.
  4. Grill the bacon on each side for 3 minutes, until crispy. Then finely chop when cool enough to handle.
  5. When ready to plate, lay the radicchio out on a platter. Drizzle with the lemon juice, grate a good amount of parm over top, crumble over bacon and top will basil.
  6. Eat right away for best flavour and texture.

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I hope you have a great week guys, and if you love radicchio as much as me be sure to give this recipe a go!

-Chef Steph

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